It is virtually unusable because it shows too many false-positive results. For example, when searched for "FireFox" it shows this. FireFox is not even at the first page and as you see the scroll bar, it has a huge result.

Is there anything like sort (by popularity/size/downloads, etc) or filter (size > 100MB)?

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    Is it an option to use the commandline?
    – Ingo
    Jul 7, 2020 at 19:03
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    Thing to remember is it’s not an App Store, it’s a software loader. Compare this to less ‘hacker’ devices running things like Elementary O/S and you see app stores. @Ingo has the only other option at this time but that means you often need to know the exact package name.
    – user115418
    Jul 7, 2020 at 21:15

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What you are using is the graphical user interface (GUI) of the local installed package manager. On the command line you can use it also with apt, apt-cache, dpkg and others. The package manager is not a service located on the internet and it does not collect or present any statistics like "popularity" and "downloads". Getting the size may be possible because it is an attribute of the package itself. To get statistics of a package you have to look for a service on the web presenting this.

I do not use the GUI but it seems it isn't very flexible to get information about the available software packages. An alternative could be to use the command line. Here are some examples looking for firefox packages:

# update the local package list
~$ sudo apt update

# get all package-names containing word "firefox"
~$ apt list *firefox*

# get all package-names beginning with word "firefox"
~$ apt list firefox*

# get all packages with "firefox" anywhere in its description
~$ apt search firefox

# get size of a package that name begins with "firefox"
~$ apt-cache show firefox* | grep -P '^Package:|^Size:'
Package: firefox-esr
Size: 41245940
Package: firefox-esr-l10n-ach
Size: 498248
Package: firefox-esr-l10n-af
Size: 482372
Package: firefox-esr-l10n-all
Size: 115792
--- snip ---

You are free to extract and format any information yau get with apt-cache show [pattern].

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